David Pruitt - Vocals Mike Daniels - Guitar Spidy Womack - Drums Kenneth Cordell - Bass Chet Powell - Lead Guitar
Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
HellBent originally formed in 2012 as a live act. Mike and David started the project in 2005. Our current lineup was many years in the making, but ended up with the perfect lineup for our vision.
Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
When it came to deciding to make it a live band in 2012, it was really just the fact that we had found a drummer that was able to play what we needed, so we decided to to give it a shot.
How would you categorize the style of the band?
That's a tough question to answer. We have been categorized as "Groove Metal", which might be correct. But we see HellBent as an opportunity to explore outside the normal template of "metal", while at the same time, keeping the foundation of pure machine gun assault heaviness.
What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
Actually, none. We pride ourselves in not conveying any particle imagine or view. We obviously all have strong views, both political and spiritual. But we feel that music should be left up to the listener as to what they interpret when listening. HellBent only wants to provide the paint and the canvas, but leave the painting up to each individual. Because, in the end, music means something different to each person. But it is also what begins us together.
Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands’ sound?
Devin Townsend, Lamb of God, Testament, Crowbar, Pantera, Black Label, just to name a few.
Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?
Simply put..., Pure Metal. Our new album, "ReBirth", represents about 3 years of fine tuning what we feel is the beginning of what we want HellBent to be. Which goes hand in hand with our new live show.
Where did record your latest release at?
We recorded the album at Hendley Road Studios
Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
I,(Mike Daniels) produced the album for the most part. Acea Lashley at Hendley Road helped as well.
Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
Most definitely! Our process basically starts with the bones of the song written by myself, then I send it to the rest of the band to write their own respective parts. David and I write the lyrics towards the end of the process.
How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
HellBent has been an ever-evolving project since day one. But with that said, while we allow it to grow and evolve, we also remain true to what we founded HellBent on.
Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
Generally speaking, we draw a lot from the world around us. We use our individual feelings about these subjects to fuel what each of us bring to the table. While we all definitley don't agree on everything, we use that fire to make a collective creation that expresses something bigger than ourselves.
How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
We feel the lyrical content of our music may very well be the MOST important side of our music. Words express so much. Especially when accompanied by music. Our words are very strategic by design.
What are your current tour plans, if any?
HellBent is working with agents now, planning and routing the "ReBirth" tour. Things are still being put together, but we plan to cover most of the Southeastern United States with this run. Along with several summer festivals in 2020! We definitely plan on taking ReBirth as far as possible!
Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
With ReBirth, we wanted to design a completely new live show. We are in straight jacket uniforms accompanied by stage props and programmed lighting. Our ultimate goal is full sensory overload!
Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?
Generally speaking, yes.
What do you think of the music industry right now?
It is a new golden age I think. A band can get more exposure than ever before. IF they can offer something that grabs your attention. With all the accessibility today, you HAVE to stand out to even have a chance.
Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
No not really. We have just always taken a very driven attitude while maintaining professionalism. We have had plenty of setbacks, but it's all in the name haha.
Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
The local scene is the most important group for any band. They are your family and should be treated as such. No matter if it's a 10 person scene in the middle of nowhere or the entire world, they are the artists in which our music actually take life.
Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
Yes! They aren't new, but Prime Mover is legit! Check them out immediately!
How has Social Media impacted your band?
I believe it has made it easier for people to access our music, videos and events.